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New ideas for Apps for the Environment – what about yours?

2011 July 19

Here are a few new ideas we received for Apps for the Environment this week from people across the country. Visit the Data and Developer Forum to see the rest, and let us know what you think – especially if you think you’ve got a better idea.

1) Location of wastewater systems. An app that allows homeowners and professionals to report on the location and number of people served by onsite wastewater systems to demonstrate both the prevalence and success of these systems.

2) Healthy pregnancy app. With all of the growing evidence about the risks to pregnant women posed by certain foods, personal care products, etc, it would be great to have a “healthy pregnancy” app that women could use when they’re shopping to help them make informed decisions right there in the store. I have several friends who just had babies, and I know they would have used an app like this.

3) Geo-tagged pollution wiki. Citizens may use their cellphone to mark areas suspected to be contaminated with pollution. They can guess which type of pollution it is, the severity of it, and post pictures. The pictures could be put into a pattern recognition (similar to facial recognition) program to identify possible types of pollution.

After a certain number of postings, or after verification of the polluted spot by a government official, the EPA will be notified. All historical polluted spots will be added to this map. Citizens will be able to truly see what is effecting their local environment the most & now they will finally be able to get together and do something about it.

Identification is the first step to recovery, so this app would be the ideal platform to ensure that identification efforts are not wasted. Many areas are probably unknown to the citizens & the government, so by providing a transparent platform for this information to be aggregated we will help ensure that nearly all environmental contaminations are known about.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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